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Searsmont News

By Joyce and Mickey Sirota | Nov 29, 2019

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Hope your holidays were, and will, be thankful, happy and healthy.

Are we the only ones still recovering from a noisy but joyful houseful of family and guests, and who can’t look another piece of turkey in the mouth – or wing, or drumstick? One Searsmonter tells us that she and her husband celebrated with champagne and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

There are lights up at many houses around town now, and they make night driving a delightful distraction. Wood smoke adds its perfume. The leafless trees play peekaboo with the moon and stars. Owls and coyotes make music at night. And any snow makes dawn and dusk a blue paradise. We are reminded again how lucky we are to live year-round in this paradise of a place.

Special Searsmonter Series

Thank you for your suggestions about local women and men who should be recognized in this column for their individual ways of making this town so special. We hope to start the feature right after the first of the year, and invite your ideas about who to talk with, and why. If they live in Searsmont, work here, or visit regularly, they are “fair game.”

Town Library

The “Live at the Library” free concert series continues Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. with music from Peaceful Sorrow. This Cincinnati indie folk trio features lyrical songwriting by guitarist/singer Adam Yust, and legato string work by violist Ping Chen and cellist Indigo Hall.

Mark your calendars for a new four-event “Ensemble Concert Series” that begins Jan. 16, with additional shows Feb. 18, March 12 and April 16. Thanks to a generous grant from The Onion Foundation, the ensemble concerts will feature strings, African drums, a capella voices, and classical guitar – but not all at once.

The first-ever Searsmont Area Reading Tournament has begun. Kids can get a free list at the library and read (or be read to) at home. When the page is full and you bring the list of titles and authors back to the library, you get a prize – a book for your home library.

Town Office

Lots to tell you this week. The town has registered 73 dogs for 2020 and there are only 377 to go! Come in to the office and get your dog registered for next year. According to Contessa, “Our goal is to have all dogs registered by the end of December when 2019 licenses expire, and we will annoy you with this statistical countdown until they are all done.” So there you have it.

Planning to purchase a Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife hunting, trapping, fishing, or other license as a holiday gift? They are on sale now at the Town Office.

The presidential primary election will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Searsmont voters enrolled as Democrats or Republicans – the only parties holding March primaries – can designate their preference for the nomination of their party’s candidate. If you want to participate in one of these party primaries and are not now enrolled as a member of either party, you must indicate your party preference on your voter registration.

If you are already enrolled in a party, you are all set. If you are not enrolled in a party, you can enroll in either party up to and including Election Day. If you are already enrolled in a party but want to change to another party, your change must take place more than 15 days prior to Election Day to vote in your new party’s primary.

The Town Office will close at noon Dec. 24, and will be closed Christmas Day. The office will close at noon on Dec. 31, and will be closed New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2020. The office will be open Thursdays, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

A reminder, with winter weather now on everyone’s mind, that Town Office closures during snow and ice season will be posted on WLBZ-TV, WABI-TV, and on the town website.

If you could not attend the Dec. 3 Planning Board public hearing on the updated Land Use Ordinance scheduled for a vote at the 2020 town meeting, a copy of the draft ordinance is available for free on the town website ( and in the Town Office.

The weather-cancelled Nov. 12 Planning Board public hearing on the proposed change to the Quantabacook boat landing has not yet been rescheduled.

Goings-on about town

Scott and Nicole Bendtson of Thresher’s Brewery had a busy Thanksgiving week. They hosted the Nov. 30 Tune Squad album release party, with proceeds supporting the Knox County Homeless Coalition and Hospitality House. That was less than a week after they provided a free feast Nov. 24 for Searsmont and surrounding areas.

The number of visiting family and friends celebrating Thanksgiving in Searsmont was so long that we could not print them all. There are so many connections with our village in Maine. So rather than leave anyone out, we extend a sincere “welcome” to each and every one of them.

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